My husband and I traveled to Puerto
Rico last winter to participate in Three Kings Day celebrations. As
Three Kings Eve grew closer, excitement mounted among children and
their families. They filled boxes with hay for the Kings’ horses
(there are no camels in Puerto Rico) and prepared for the Kings to
visit their home. I imagined the Kings going from house to
house, peering into every window in search of the Christ Child – and
of the Christ in every child. That image led to this painting.
The artist in me was set free at a conference
on Creation Spirituality led by Matthew Fox in 1991. There, in a workshop on Art and
the Psalms, the instructor responded to my “oops” with
the words, “there is no oops in art,” and decades of
shackles fell away. I have been painting, drawing, sculpting
and printing ever since.
In the 27 years I have been a priest, I have
incorporated art – seeing
art and doing art – into teaching, preaching and pastoral care. Inspiration
comes from the biblical story, the daily news, dreams and the well
of prayerful silence.
Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Springfield, Virginia